What is as graceful and beautiful as a butterfly, as ferocious as the most dangerous predator, and delivers a painful sting with its venomous spines? Answer: the lionfish, an invasive species of fish from the Indian and western Pacific Oceans that is now found off the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States. This new educational case study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) examines how the lionfish became an invasive species--one that has been "transported by natural processes or human activities, either intentionally or accidentally, into a region where it did not occur previously and reproduces


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